REVIEW – I PICK YOU by Jettie Woodruff

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SYNOPSIS:

When I left Nashville, Tennessee, I knew deep in my heart I wouldn’t be back. I knew I would never be heard on every country music station around the world, and I would never step foot on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Cold hard guilt and responsibilities that I didn’t want forced me on a different path.
Me being responsible for an eighteen-month-old was a horrible idea. Me being a second grade teacher in a catholic school was plain ludicrous.
Life sucked, love hurt, and I didn’t know who to pick.

*****Dee’s Review*****

5 GLOWING STARS*****

(ARC kindly provided by Author in exchange for an honest review)

Hey, can I tell you something?

Is no secret that I was a big fan of The Twin Trio series, and when the character of Brantley was introduced in the last book I was immediately curious by the new teacher hottie that had moved into the cul de sac where Pax and Gabriella live.

Leave it to Jettie Woodruff to bring us something new and unexpected. Never a dull moment when reading one of her novels.

I Pick You was fantastic!!!! This novel can be read as a standalone. You do not have to have read The Twin Trio series to fully enjoy this book.

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Brantley was living his dream by performing his favorite country songs on the busy streets of Nashville. The hot rising star had a different girl every night, and even though he’s not rich, he makes a pretty decent living by singing and playing his guitar at a different place every night.

One crazy night, lust took over the reigns of his actions and he forgot about protection. 9 months later he learned he was having a baby with the girl he had only spent one weekend with. Immature and not ready to face the consequences of his actions, Brantley decides to pay for child support, but decides not to be part of his child’s life.

Kit is the mother of his baby and she’s tried in the past to get Brantley involved in the life of their daughter Bay without avail. It’s not until a big career opportunity for her comes knocking on her door that she finds herself having to force Brantley to take responsibility for his daughter.

Kit leaves Brantley with their two-year-old baby Bay, and a book full of how to’s. Her heart feels heavy but she trusts that baby Bay will make her daddy fall in love with her and help him mature and become the dad she knows he can be.

New home, new job and a being a new father, Brantley feels totally out of place but little does he know that his relationship with Kit will be renewed and he will also meet a Florida cowgirl that together with his daughter Bay, these women will turn his life inside out.

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Brantley never knew what love was, and now he has so much of it that he doesn’t know how to deal with it all. He feels closer to Kit now that she’s so far away and he has so much in common with Rydell, the beautiful teacher that works across the hall from him.

Brantley has a lot of growing up to do and, unfortunately, it’s not until he almost loses it all that he finally finds himself.

I’m not going to tell you that Brantley is a super swoony hero, who you’ll fall in love with immediately. He’s a little bit of an anti-hero. He’s hot, obnoxiously cocky and very selfish. So it was a real beauty for me to see how the love for his daughter changed him. Brantley was as delicious as he was frustrating at times but his interactions with Bay, simply melted my heart and ultimately won me over.

This was a beautiful story about finding love and forgiveness. About growing up and finally finding happiness in an unexpected place. I love the realness in which this author wrote the story, the way she humanized the characters and made me fall in love with them, even when I didn’t agree with their actions, was a wonderful experience. Jettie Woodruff writes the kind of books I want to read and I truly loved this one.

*****Mel’s Review*****

5 Stars
(ARC provided by author)

Brantley Jandt is a 25 yr. old guy whose been following his dream in Nashville for the past 5 years. Music has always been a huge part of his life, and he wants to make it big in Nashville as a country music singer. His dreams of being a superstar are cut short when Kit, the mother of his child contacts him, asking him to care for their 18 month old daughter while she is in Kenya for the next year.

Brantley has never been much of a father to his daughter Bay. He sent his monthly check, but never felt he was really cut out to be a parent. He’s about to be a dad to a little girl he’s only met once. He’s a little panicked at the thought of being responsible for a little person. It’s time to man up, act like an adult & get a real job. Brantley falls back on the teaching degree he never thought he’d use, & sends out resumes. He finds a job in Hudson, Florida, and makes plans to care for his daughter.

Brantley rents a gorgeous house on the beach from his cousin Lane, & starts his new job as a 2nd grade teacher at St. Augustine’s Catholic School. He goes from the single life to living in a cul-de-sac, and being a full time dad. He falls in love with his daughter pretty fast & it melted my heart. He regrets not being with her from the beginning, & quickly becomes attached to her. He just learns as he goes & is a totally swoon worthy, delicious dad! He has a couple love interests in this story & we don’t know if he will end up with a fellow teacher that makes him want more, or if he will work things out with Bay’s mom. I found myself liking both women. Brantley is going through so many changes in his life & realizing he wants more for himself. A family, a place to put down roots, but most of all his daughter Bay. She has become the most important person in his world! I really enjoyed this book & thought it was fantastic! 😀

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